A LITTLE ABOUT US
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
YOUR INTERNSHIP WITH TNC
The Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) summer internship program hires undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates (2016, 2017, and 2018) to fill paid internship positions during a 10-week summer internship. Our mission is to provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and the real-world conservation work that contributes to the health and sustainability of our world. The GLOBE Program recruits individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are interested in contributing to our conservation goals in various fields. The GLOBE Program offers a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real work experience.
The Nature Conservancy’s Minnesota Chapter would like two Grassland and Freshwater Restoration GLOBE interns for this project to work as a team and gain exposure to two major science and conservation initiatives within our chapter in both grassland freshwater ecosystems. The two projects are described below. Both interns would spend roughly half the summer working on each project. Interns may also spend the end of the summer and an additional two weeks on forest science field projects in northern Minnesota.
1. TNC is working with partners to determine broad changes in condition of native grasslands in response to grazing and other land management techniques. The project is a collaborative effort in which multiple agencies and organizations have overlapping goals (TNC, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, USFWS, etc.). Partners in this work are coordinating sampling to compare data and management practices across ownerships throughout the tallgrass prairie region. With the assistance of the interns, TNC is positioned to revisit sites on which management has been implemented and compare resulting structural and compositional outcomes. This year will mark 10 years since the first data collection on the project allowing for more robust outcomes. The interns will fill a critical role in helping our chapter to close the adaptive management loop in our grassland conservation work.
2. TNC has committed to working with experts to create a technical guidance document for prairie stream systems in western South Dakota. This need was identified by conservation partners within SD who seek this resource to better assist producers and agencies in maintaining and improving range and riparian health. This technical stream guide would provide SD specific knowledge and resources that are currently unavailable to a wide variety of partners, agencies, and landowners. The two GLOBE interns would assist with the fieldwork necessary to accomplish this goal.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
• Responsible for a variety of science and monitoring related field tasks.
• HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (2016, 2017, or 2018) of Biology, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources or related field, or equivalent
• Experience with prairie plant identification and/or aquatic plant identification
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT
• The interns may perform work outside on a daily basis in various weather conditions
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
• This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a 10-week term of June 4 – August 10, 2018. A two-week extension in August is desired if possible.
The Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE Program candidate should demonstrate at least one of the following:
INTERN SELECTION PROCESS
• Applications will be screened for eligibility, qualifications and experience level related to the project;
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.
Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.
$12.50/per hour (undergrads) and $14.50/per hour (graduate and recently graduated level students)
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to position number 45850, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 12, 2018.
Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process
Grassland and Freshwater Restoration GLOBE Intern
Glyndon, MN, United States 🇺🇸